Animal Services back on Commissioners’ agenda

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Monday’s meeting of the Kerr County Commissioners Court will include a few items related to the Animal Services Department, including discussing and potentially acting on matters discussed at the November 18 town hall meeting. Commissioner Precinct 2 Tom Moser has promised animal advocates that he will push to re-open on Saturdays and also to get the county “out of the adoption business within one year.”

Agenda items related to Animal Services for the Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for November 25.

Saturday hours may return

According to sources that attended Monday’s meeting and spoke with the commissioner following the meeting, Mr. Moser stated that re-opening the animal shelter facility on Saturdays would be his top priority. In an email to an advocate on Friday morning, he stated that he would make a motion to “establish options for KCAS being open on Saturday and how we can be out of the adoption business within one year.”

Editorial blisters Commissioners again

In an editorial published on Friday, November 22, the Kerrville Daily Times made the case that operating a quality shelter is just as important as protecting the public from rabies. The article notes that several commissioners stated the need to concentrate on rabies control and public safety, but the Times points out that the number of rabies cases is typically very low, and is mostly found in wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, and bats.

The Times goes on to write that, although they hope the right actions will be taken, “confidence is lacking in the five members of the court right now.”

Editorial found on page A4 of the Kerrville Daily Times on November 22, 2019.

What’s Next?

The Commissioners Court will convene at 9 AM on Monday, November 25, and these matters will be discussed near the beginning of the meeting, which is open to the public.

Another matter that should be watched closely is the Volunteer Policy for the animal shelter. On Monday evening, Commissioner Letz promised that the policy would be completed and published online. He also confirmed that commissioners approved the policy before it was even drafted. As of Friday morning, that policy is still not available on the county’s website.

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